Star Trek: Generations

Corrected entry: As Picard is walking up Kirk in awe, we find him doing an excellent job of chopping wood. The camera changes to Picard, Kirk, and then to picard, before finally switching back to Kirk again. After the fourth piece falls he pauses and says 'Beautiful day' and the camera changes, so as to get a shot of both of them. Just after he says that he raises his axe to get ready to chop a piece that wasn't there a split second ago.

Correction: The Nexus is a projection of the mind. Things can change there instantly, without error. Picard has children, Kirk is in his past. It's all art of the same level of unreality.

Corrected entry: When Picard finally manages to squeeze through the hole in the force-field, and confronts Soran, they have a brawl. The actual time elapsed from the confrontation to the launch (I choose these points as the emergence from The Nexus later to the point when everything is hopeless, respectively), is fifty seconds. When Kirk confronts him after the entire bit in The Nexus, it's actually two minutes and ten seconds before Soran cloaks the missile, and another forty before is launches again after it's been uncloaked.

Correction: How is this a mistake? Guinan specifically stated that Picard could've left the Nexus to go to any time he wanted, and go anywhere he wanted. Because the sequence after the Nexus is longer than the one before the Nexus, it is safe to assume that Kirk and Picard went back to Veridian III a little bit before the fight sequence before the Nexus. Although one gets the impression from the movie that Kirk and Picard return to the moment of Picard's first confrontation of Soran, it doesn't have to be that way.

Corrected entry: At the very beginning of the movie, we see a bottle of champagne flying in space and crashing upon the hull of the Enterprise-B. Champagne is squirting around. Well, as Khan said, it's very cold in space. The champagne should be frozen and be shattered into little pieces.

Correction: Even today, they make special (read: cheap) champagne to be used when launching ships that is never intended for drinking. In the future of Star Trek, the need to have a "champagne" that will survive a few moments in space has arisen, so if the champagne is still the same not-intended-for-drinking special brand, it would be conceivable that they added some heavy-duty anti-freeze.


Corrected entry: When Worf, Riker, and Picard are discussing shooting down Soren's missile, Worf say that the missile would take 11 seconds to reach the sun, while locking on to it could take between 8 and 15 seconds. Riker says, "That's a pretty big margin for error," and Picard replies, "Much too big." Of course, the bigger the margin of error for something is, the more likely it is to be successfully accomplished. What they should have said was that it was a small margin for error.

Correction: A large margin for error being 7 seconds. That means there is a lot of time there to make a mistake. A small margin would be better since it would mean there are fewer seconds in which something could go wrong. There's a difference between a margin OF error and a margin FOR error.

Corrected entry: The original director was none other than Leonard Nimoy. However, he wasn't happy with the script, and walked out after the studio refused to improve it. David Carson (who had been the 2nd unit director) was given a last-minute promotion to director.

Correction: Actually, Nimoy was never signed on as the director. According to his own book I am Spock, he was OFFERED the job to direct a script that had already been written. Nimoy wanted to incorporate his own story ideas and rework the script. The studio said no, they were on a tight schedule, and they wanted THIS script made, Nimoy said he wasn't interested in simply being a "director for hire" and passed on the job.

Corrected entry: When Picard and Data are in Stellar Cartography, Picard asks Data to show him what system Nexus will come closest to. He shows him the Veridian system. The planet that Soran wants to be on has 3 moons. When you later see the shock wave hit the planet, destroying it, there are no moons shown in orbit. There are also no moons shown anytime Soran and Picard are on the planet.

Correction: Moons aren't necessarily visible from the surface of a planet. The moon is only visible because it reflects so much light, something that all moons don't do. In addition, some moons are very small.

Corrected entry: When Data and Troi find Spot, it's right next to several containers clearly marked HAZARDOUS MATERIAL. Don't you think it would be wise to dispose of the hazardous materials, before letting anyone, much less senior officers, poke through the rubble?

Correction: The containers could be empty or still intact enough to keep the crew safe from the contents. Data and Troi are also searching for survivors using a tricorder, which would also notify them if the area was contaminated.

Also, you're talking about a show where the captain of a vessel would merrily saunter on down to the most inhospitable, violent situations rather than asking more junior security/command personnel to handle it.

Corrected entry: Soren launches the missile at the sun, the sun blows up, and the planet along with the Enterprise and its crew, are destroyed - the first time around. The movie shows the missile being launched, and a few seconds later (maybe 10) the star blows up - and this is seen in real time on the planet. Forgive me, but even if the missile made it to the star in a few seconds at warp speed, it would still take the light (and thus just about everything else, including gravitational effects) from the star to manifest itself on the planet! (It takes about 8 minutes for the light from our Sun to reach the Earth, for example).

Correction: I agree that it should take time for the light from the destruction of the star to reach the planet but not the gravitational effects. Things like planets orbit stars not because there is some kind of particle or energy being exchanged between them but because the gravitational field has warped the space they are travelling through. As a result of this when the gravitational field was changed space would have snapped instantly to its new position producing instant gravitational effects. (see Stephen Hawkins:- A Brief History of Time if you don't believe me).

Correction: Wrong, the ripples in space-time also travel at the speed of light so it would take time for the gravitational effects to take place.

Corrected entry: When the Enterprise crashes on Veridian III, the clear dome/skylight thing over the bridge is broken. What could possibly have done this? The dome certainly wasn't was made of the same stuff all of the other windows on the ship were made of, and none of them were broken....besides, in the crash shots, nothing happens to the Enterprise that could break that dome.

Correction: It may not have been glass but that doesn't mean that whatever it was made of wasn't brittle. As for what smashed it the impact of the collision would likely have severely twisted the structure of the ship. Assuming the material to be brittle twisting the frame work sufficiently would cause it to shatter.

Corrected entry: When Data finds Spot after the Enterprise D has crashed he starts to cry, yet on the STNG TV show he states he has no tear ducts (episode where his mother comes aboard and is damaged, she too is a android).

Correction: Given the time between series and film, he could always have had tear ducts installed.

Corrected entry: Near the end of the film when the Klingons are attacking the Enterprise-D and the Enterprise crew is discussing how they can defeat the Klingon ship, Riker orders Worf to prepare a full spread of torpedoes. Yet, when Riker gives the order to fire only one torpedo is launched.

Correction: Enterprise has been shot by the bird of prey a number of times. It's possible that the torpedo launchers are damaged at this point.

Corrected entry: Let's face it... The battle between the GALAXY-class ship and the TWELVE YR OLD BIRD OF PREY is really ridiculous. The Enterprise has no shields, so what? Does this hinder its weapons? The ship tries to escape and almost doesn´t fire. Why? The flagship of the Federation should be able easily to vaporize that old Klingon vessel with only one big salvo of torpedoes, or by firing phasers permanently (they did the same in the TNG-episode "Yesterday´s Enterprise"), no matter if they have shields or not

Correction: The Enterprise in "Yesterday's Enterprise" would be a very different ship as it's in a timeline that has been at war before Enterprise was made so shields & weaponry technology will become top priority for research & should be stronger & more powerful than our Enterprise. We also know that a lucky shot can knock out weapons or severely damage them so you'd want to make sure your weapons had the best chance of either disabling or destroying the enemy before loosing them & not having any other option.

Corrected entry: When Picard and Kirk are fighting Soran to stop him from launching the rocket that will destroy the planet's sun, what was the big hurry? If they fail, they will be absorbed in the Nexus. Guinan, in the Nexus, said a person leaving the Nexus could time travel to any time period he/she wanted. They could simply keep leaving the Nexus to the same point in time until they destroyed the rocket.

Correction: Starship captains NEVER think in terms of failure.

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Corrected entry: Why is Dr Crusher evacuating people from sick bay? It's in the saucer section,and everyone is being evacuated to the saucer section?

Correction: There are actually multiple sickbays on the Enterprise-D. There is at least one in the stardrive section.

Corrected entry: When the Enterprise-B takes off at the beginning of the film its Captain clearly states they were just making a short trip around the block. That would probably mean not much further than the Solar system's edge - definitely not leaving the sector. But when soon afterwards they encounter the Nexus it is the only ship close enough to come to the rescue. What, so close to Earth? Shouldn't sector 001 be abundant with ships?

Correction: Sector 001 full of ships? Of course. But how many warp capable ones with high enough crew capacity to make a rescue? Any full sized starship in Earth orbit would almost certainly be in Spacedock, and it would take quite some time to get even a skeleton crew aboard, to say nothing of going through departure protocols. As for smaller ships, it's been well established that they have lower warp speeds. (Even in TMP, Spock's shuttle had to be attached to a warp sled to reach the Enterprise at all.)

Corrected entry: Data's emotion chip was fused into his neural net and doctor Crusher said it "could not" be removed. If that is so why would Counsellor Troi ask him why he decided not to remove the emotion chip, if it "could not" be removed?

Correction: Data says that he wants to be deactivated until Dr. Crusher figures out how to remove the emotion chip. She must have figured out how to do it near the end of the movie, but Data declined.

Corrected entry: In TNG, after the Enterprise defeated the Borg at Earth it became standard Starfleet procedure to modulate shield frequencies to prevent an enemy from matching weapon harmonics to shield frequencies (this allows a weapon to pass through the shields and directly strike the ship) In Generations, the Klingons acquired the Enterprises shield frequencies and matched their weapons to them, thus destroying the Enterprise-D.

Correction: Yes, but how did they get those frequencies? They were looking through Geordi's eyes. And he is the one most likely to be modulating the shield frequencies. They could have been changing their weapons frequencies as they watched him modulate.

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Corrected entry: Riker seems to have forgotten some of his bridge officer training. Why did he go to all the trouble of evacuating the main section, with desperate running through corridors and teddy bears being lost on the way, separating the two sections and crashing the saucer into a planet, killing everyone. Did he forget the simple phrase "Eject warp core"?

Correction: Wouldn't do any good if the core ejection system was damaged. Also the crash doesn't kill everyone, the nexus wave does a bit later.

Grumpy Scot

Irrelevant - that could have been established. A quick line of "the warp core ejection system is offline." It wasn't so the likelihood is this is a continuity error.

Corrected entry: Guinan's race was destroyed by the Borg and rescued from the Nexus by the Enterprise-B, but they never must have mentioned it to the Federation because they were unprepared in the 24th century for their arrival.

Correction: Who says they didn't mention it? How many worlds has the Federation seen destroyed by unknown races? Was there enough evidence beside survivor stories to convince them that the Borg were any worse than the Klingons or Romulans? If so, after 80 years with not even Borg rumors, the information would be gradually forgotten.

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: Soran needs to get to the Nexus. There is a planet that the Nexus will miss unless the sun is destroyed, in which case the Nexus will fly right through the planet. So Soran camps out on that planet and tries to destroy the sun. Before he blows up the sun, the nexus is seen flying through the sky BELOW the clouds. This is just not possible. On the enterprise, Picard and Data study holographic charts that show how huge the Nexus is, and how far away from any clouds the Nexus will miss the planet by.

Correction: A very large object in space can be seen in the daylight (haven't you ever seen the moon during the day) and appear to be in the atmosphere.

Deliberate mistake: After the trilithium missile hits the sun, it is shown going out in real time from Veridian III. As the planet is relatively earth-like, it is several light-minutes away from the sun. The filmmakers wanted it to be obvious that the missile was successful, so they ignored the speed of light. (01:20:35)

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Picard: Look! The control pad. It's still on the other side.
Kirk: I'll get it. You go for the launcher.
Picard:'ll never make that by yourself. We have to work together.
Kirk: We ARE working together. Trust me. Go!
Picard: Good luck, Captain!
Kirk: Call me Jim.

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Trivia: Tim Russ, who plays Tuvok in Voyager, has a small role in this movie as the Tactical Officer on Enterprise-B. In the credits he is cast as "Lieutenant".

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Question: How did Kirk die? He got hit by a lot of debris but from what was seen, not enough to do real damage.

Answer: Kirk also fell a considerable distance, clinging onto the platform as it dislodged from the cliff and rolled several times. In addition to being crushed/hit by debris, the fall and the rolling would have caused further serious trauma.

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In addition to this statement, Kirk would have had servere internal bleeding as seen by the blood coming from his mouth.

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